Things to do and see in Cumbria during the autumn

Autumn in Cumbria is one of the most beautiful times of year

The trees are turning, the air is starting to get colder and the nights start drawing in.

With 50 acres to explore, an autumn getaway at Blaithwaite provides you with plenty of opportunities to fully immerse yourself in the transitional season. We’ve put together some of our favourite things to do and see both on the estate and in the surrounding area to ensure that your autumnal stay is filled with hygge, bracing walks and cosy pints at the pub. 

Take in the autumn colours

Perhaps the best thing to see when visiting Cumbria during the autumn is the spectacular display of autumn colours from the deciduous trees and vegetation. The leaves on the trees go from bright green to shades of yellow, orange, red and brown all within the space of a few weeks. The striking kaleidoscope of colours is really something to behold and even a simple car journey with the children can be awe-inspiring! With the panoramic views across the lakes with the most amazing reflections in the crystal waters of clear skies, and hundreds of acres of hillsides, trees, grasses, and hedgerows changing from lush summer greens to reds, yellows and golden browns. How lucky we are to be able to appreciate this! Here on the Estate, you can appreciate this with your feet on the ground and your glowing pink cheeks in the fresh air! We have a 200-year-old North Park Wood – a heritage ancient woodland – which you are free to wander through and many other small pockets of beautiful woodland. They are home to some of the oldest woodlands in the area and are the perfect place for leaf-kicking and taking full advantage of the autumn colours.

Do you fancy enjoying the autumn scenery from a warm, bubbling hot tub? Book a break in one of our Lakes Wood or Stargazer lodges or cottages where the hot tubs sit in enclosed gardens with glorious panoramic views over the Solway Firth; ensuring you can enjoy the outdoor autumn colours even when the temperatures drop. 

If heading out and about to see more autumn colours, head to Dodd Wood (just a 20-minute drive away). Take a walk up to the Dodd summit for a spectacular view over Bassenthwaite and Whinlatter Forest where the autumn colours will look like a vast blanket of orange over the fells, or take a Lakeside walk.



If sticky fingers and jam-making appeal then autumn is the perfect time for foraging and hedgerow scavenging in Cumbria. All the autumn fruits are out in full force! Think crab apples, blackberries, sloes, cherries and rosehip. These are all wonderful to collect and take home to preserve in the form of jams, chutneys and even homemade liqueurs. Wander in our orchard and collect apples, scavenge the many metres of hedgerows or take to one of our ancient woodlands to see what wonderful foraged goodies you can find. 

If you want to head out and about, you’ll be able to find lots of sloes around Buttermere perfect for making sloe gin or head to Whinlatter Forest to pick blackberries and make a delicious blackberry jam (if you can bare to save them that long). There are lots to collect on the Estate lanes and hedgerows too! Just please leave enough for others!

Please remember: you do need to be able to recognise which fruits are safe to eat. If you are not sure, then don’t take the risk of eating them.

Take advantage of Seed Gathering Season

Seed Gathering Season begins on 22nd September and runs for a whole month. Run by the Tree Council, Seed Gathering Season encourages everyone to gather seeds, fruits and nuts to nurture the seeds of the future. Please only gather seeds if you intend to grow them, or leave them happily to germinate themselves and preserve our future forests and hedgerows.

Here on the Estate, we’ve got plenty of space for you to collect all sorts of fantastic seeds such as conkers, pine cones, winged seeds and more. If you are staying on the Estate, please feel free to collect them on your walks, take them home and grow your very own tree from seed! As well as helping the environment, you will have your very own bit of Blaithwaite at home!

The Tree Council has a fantastic guide on collecting and growing your seeds.


Explore the autumn nature

With the vegetation turning and wildlife such as red squirrels, deer and migrating birds, autumn is a fascinating time to explore the natural world within Cumbria. Here at Blaithwaite, we have our very own Blaithwaite Nature Passport, perfect for little ones to get their nature credentials whilst running wild and free amongst the autumn leaves. Following a hand-illustrated map around the Estate with challenges, places of interest and fun facts to tick off, children will be entertained with bug hunts, wildlife spotting activities and tree discovery challenges. They will immerse themselves in nature whilst learning about the importance of preserving it.


Cosy pints at the pub

As the weather turns there is nothing better than a pint (or a hot chocolate) in a pub after a day out enjoying the autumn colours. Our Blaithwaite bar is open on selected weekends, please see our event calendar or lots of pubs in the area will start to light their log burners and open fires to create a warm and inviting place to enjoy a pint. There really is nothing better than sitting beside an open fire with a pint of locally crafted Cumbrian ale after a day of exploring. 

There are of course lots of pubs to choose from (or stumble upon whilst out and about) but some of our favourite local pubs close to Blaithwaite are The Grey Goat Inn in Baggrow, The Oddfellows at Caldbeck or The Sun Inn at Red Dial. Heading a little further The Pheasant at Bassenthwaite Lake road end or The Sun Inn at Bassenthwaite Village or The Kirkstile Inn at Lorton all have a fantastic selection of local ales, a great atmosphere and a cosy fire to sit by.



With minimal light pollution, Cumbria has some of the darkest skies in the UK making it fantastic for stargazing. With longer nights, autumn is the perfect time to take full advantage of our unique stargazing location. Whether you are a seasoned stargazer or just a novice, the stunning starscape in Cumbria is truly something to behold. In the milder autumn months, the Milky Way is high overhead as well as spotting constellations.

Our two Stargazer lodge pods at Blaithwaite are perfect for those who might want to give stargazing a go. As well as a double bedroom, the quirky layout has each have a mezzanine level accessed via a ladder with a panoramic skylight window above a cosy double bed, giving guests a spellbinding view of the skies. The view benefits from minimal light pollution allowing for a crystal clear look at the stars, planets and galaxies above. Or book an absolute treat in our Lakes Wood luxury lodge and star gaze to your heart’s desire from your elevated decking, sleeping four in complete and centrally heated comfort. Get your hygge on in either option.